The shameful treatment of adjunct instructors and professors is well known. Here’s a particularly bad example.
On the whole, I don’t like today’s unions. But in the case of adjuncts, it’s true that universities do exploit their workers.
Of course, there are ways to bridge such gaps, particularly if someone had been working for the place so very long. This woman could have been given additional posts (like being an RA/house mother), or the university community could have dealt with the matter pastorally with simple charity (there were probably profs, students, and staff who could have given her a temporary home, raised funds for her, helped repair her house, etc.). But they didn’t do either; and they didn’t do anything formal or informal for her when she lost her job with the university.
And neither did the Union guys, for that matter. This guy seemed to have been in the act of trying, but maybe not enough.
Activism and costcutting are both all very well; but sometimes you have to be the one to put out a a donation jar, or give someone a bed and a ride to work.